Gun Safety

On October 1, 2017, our community experienced, in the most horrifying way possible, the traumatic impact of gun violence in our country. For too long, Congress has shamefully failed to act, as tragedy after tragedy unfolds. Shootings are now the 3rd-leading cause of death for children in America, a truly shocking statistic. Some common sense gun safety measures are long overdue. First of all, I will pressure Nevada’s leaders to recognize the will of the people and implement the background check law that was passed by voters in 2016. I’ll also advocate for national background check legislation, and limiting the ability to modify legal firearms with devices like bump stocks that make them military-grade weapons capable of causing the carnage that we witnessed in our community. Congress should also take concrete steps to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers, felons, and individuals on the no fly list. We must work to keep guns out of the hands of those who mental health professionals deem to be a risk to themselves or others. Expanding Red Flag laws, as well as access to preventive mental health treatment, will help prevent high-risk individuals from committing acts of mass violence, as well as address the pandemic of gun suicides in this country. Furthermore, we need federal legislation that cracks down on illegal gun trafficking, including stiffer penalties for those who engage in illegal straw purchasing, when prohibited purchasers buy guns by funneling money to a different buyer.

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